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July 27, 2010 11:26:28 PM

Recently built a computer and i have no idea where to begin with installing everything.
Computer i built has a ASUS M4A79t deluxe mobo, amd phenom II 965 BE cpu, ocz amd BE ram (4gb), xfx 5870 xxx ed gpu, and win 7.....so my question is what the heck do i intstall 1st? win7? mobo drivers? right now im sitting at a screen that says
"Reboot and select proper boot device or put media in the boot device and press any key".

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2010 11:29:11 PM
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Definitely Windows, without an OS you cant install drivelers anyways.
July 27, 2010 11:31:08 PM

the problem i am running into now is that windows 7 is asking to upgrade which i cant do or custom, when i go to custom it asks to select a place for installation but the hard drive i have in there isnt showing up
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2010 11:40:31 PM

Is this a new build or you're reusing the hard-drive?
Does the BIOS detect it?
July 27, 2010 11:45:49 PM

completely new build. I dont know if the BIOS can detect it..how do i check that?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2010 11:51:43 PM

look in the BIOS, does it it say anything under "SATA1" or "IDE channel Master/Slave"
July 27, 2010 11:55:03 PM

haha your'e going to have to treat me like a child on this one man. I have no idea how to enter the BIOS (using my TV as a monitor some things are kind of cut off). was supposed to have a friend do this junk for me but he went on vaca :( . Alright so how do i enter BIOS from that screen that says press any key to enter boot or w/e...seeing as how as soon as i press something it tries to find a boot device?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 27, 2010 11:56:31 PM

Press "delete" when the PC starts and it should take you there.
July 28, 2010 12:10:07 AM

alright it says SATA1 not detected...and thats where it is plugged into...now what do i do?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 28, 2010 12:11:05 AM

Is the Hard drive a SATA? make sure both the SATA and power cables are firmly connected.
July 28, 2010 12:24:25 AM

how the heck do i turn it off to check? do i just flick the power switch at the back?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 28, 2010 12:25:35 AM

just hold the power button untill it shut down, then unplug the cord in the back.
July 28, 2010 12:30:34 AM

Alright. the SATA cable seems fine...theres only supposed to be the one cable connecting to the hard drive correct?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 28, 2010 12:33:29 AM

No, there should be 2. Power and data.
Like this:
July 28, 2010 12:34:13 AM

ahhhh there in would appear to be the problem. Hopefully this works now :) 
July 28, 2010 12:53:21 AM

That seems to have done the trick! Thanks for all the help Timop :D 
July 28, 2010 12:56:37 AM

Best answer selected by cksmith.
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